Superb, but exaggerated, review [of Orchids, by M. J. Berkeley] in London Review [& wkly J. Polit. 4 (1862): 553–4]. Asa Gray thinks almost as highly. "I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish." The Athenæum review will hinder sales greatly.
My dear Sir
I wish much for an answer about the Woodcuts. I am very sorry to be so troublesome.— Ask one of your clerks to answer me.—
Yours very sincerely | in great Haste | C. Darwin
There is a superb, but I fear exaggerated, Review in ``London Review''. But I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish; for Asa Gray, about the most competent judge in world, thinks almost as highly of book as does London Review.—
The Athenæum will hinder sale greatly.—
- f1 3609.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, 13 June , and to the letter to Asa Gray, 10--20 June  (see n. 2, below).
- f2 3609.f2CD had asked Murray whether he could provide three plates from Orchids for a review proposed by Asa Gray (see letter to John Murray, 13 June , and letter to Asa Gray, 10--20 June ).
- f3 3609.f3Miles Joseph Berkeley wrote an anonymous review of Orchids for the London Review and Weekly Journal of Politics, Arts and Science ([Berkeley] 1862). CD wrote `Rev J. M. Berkeley' on a copy of the review now in the Scrapbook of reviews (DAR 226.1: 87).
- f4 3609.f4See letter from Asa Gray, 18 May 1862, and letter to Asa Gray, 10--20 June .
- f5 3609.f5CD refers to the critical review of Orchids by John R. Leifchild in the Athenæum, 24 May 1862, p. 691.